Series II, Part III

Hiatus Today is more character focused than usual! Let's imagine, for a moment, you have your plot, your character background(singular, plural characters), and your world is up and running.Then let's pause. Let's take a break. A vacation, a disruption to the daily life of your character; perhaps a power outrage, national holiday, war crisis, alien … Continue reading Series II, Part III

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Series II, Part II – Charlatans

Welcome back! Today I was looking through my blog, checking various things, updating links and I happened to look in the comments – the spam ones. This got me thinking… what sort of trolls and hecklers do you have in your story worlds? Deceptive Deviants Do the ‘trolls’ in your world live under proverbial (or … Continue reading Series II, Part II – Charlatans

Series II – Part I – Cultural Norms: Characters & Readers

Welcome to our new series! For this series, we’re straying away from ‘the basics’ and instead we’re going to be looking more at ‘how characters affect their world, and how the world affects the character’ – a writing motto of mine. There will, of course, be lots of worldbuilding involved and a few non-character focused … Continue reading Series II – Part I – Cultural Norms: Characters & Readers

The Basics, Part XI – “Wrapping Up”

Welcome to final entry in the Basics Series (I). Today, we’re going to review what we’ve been looking at over the past three months (has it really been so long already?) and next time, we’ll begin our new series. Over the course of The Basics, despite only scrapping the very tip of the iceberg, we’ve … Continue reading The Basics, Part XI – “Wrapping Up”

The Basics, Part X – “Communication & Disasters”

Welcome to the penultimate entry in the Basics Series (I). Today, dear friends, we will be looking at communication & disasters (natural and otherwise). But before we get stuck into that, I’d like to say that there is still so much more to write and the next series is incoming, so stay tuned! Communication Tradewinds, … Continue reading The Basics, Part X – “Communication & Disasters”

The Basics, Part IX – “Food & Drink”

Welcome back! Following on from fashion, what foods & drinks are fashionable? What is available, how easily, and why? Back to geographical worldbuilding, how do you label your foods? Are you transplanting foods from earth? For example, [place name] grape? Many Earth foods and drinks are tied to geographic location. Burgundy, champagne, sherry, to name … Continue reading The Basics, Part IX – “Food & Drink”

The Basics, Part VIII – “Fashion”

Welcome back! Today, I’d like us to take a brief look at fashion. Let’s think haircuts, beards, moustaches, top hats, monocles, spectacles, piercings and tattoos. Before we continue, we should probably appraise the culture’s technology. For tattoos, that doesn’t matter quite so much, (although, acquiring the pigments for inks might mean a trek or perhaps … Continue reading The Basics, Part VIII – “Fashion”

The Basics, Part VII – “Myths”

Mythic figures The hero, the legend, the villain Welcome back! Today, we’re going to be taking a brief look (and it will be brief!) at legendary figures. So by now, you have a world. You have terrain, climates, seas (perhaps), and maybe coffee beans or an equivalent. Perhaps you have tea. That tea could be … Continue reading The Basics, Part VII – “Myths”

The Basics, Part VI – “Education”

Education Welcome back! This time, I’m going to pose some questions – and I’ll leave you, dear reader, to answer them. Today’s topic is on education. Do girls get the same education as boys? Is there a standard education? Does it follow the three ‘R’s? (one of which is not an ‘r’ at all… - … Continue reading The Basics, Part VI – “Education”

The Basics, Part V – “Magic”

Magic Welcome back! Today’s post is going to be short and sweet because there is such a lot to think about when writing about magic. Now, just as a disclaimer here, I’m talking about magic in the fantasy genre, not ‘real life’ magic – be that stage wizardry or actual magic (I’ll leave that to … Continue reading The Basics, Part V – “Magic”

The Basics, Part IV – “Resources Revisited”

Resources, Part II Welcome back! Last time we had a quick dip into Geography, Climate, Resources & People. This time, we’re taking another look at resources and commodities. This will be a relatively short post today. Resources Off the top of my head, I’d say that there are perhaps three categories of resources that you, … Continue reading The Basics, Part IV – “Resources Revisited”

The Basics, Part III – “Geography, Climate, Resources & Peoples”

Geography, Climate, Resources & Peoples Welcome back! Last time we had a quick dip into God, gods, and religion. This time, we’re taking a look at the terrestrial. But first, let’s zoom out just a little. Three suns, four moons - great imagery, but how does the gravity affect the world? If you're ignoring that, … Continue reading The Basics, Part III – “Geography, Climate, Resources & Peoples”

The Basics, Part II – “The Divine”

Welcome back! Last time, we had a brief look at a few different styles and tones for worlds, along with possible frameworks you could use. I know I said at the end of the last post that we’d be looking at geography, climate, resources, and peoples, and we will, but first I’m going to talk … Continue reading The Basics, Part II – “The Divine”

The Basics, Part I – “Tone”

The Basics, Part I Welcome back to our series on worldbuilding! I’ve spoken a lot about the ‘art’ aspect of worldbuilding recently, and much less on the science, and I’m afraid that’s going to continue in this post. We will get around to the science sooner or later! Let’s delve in. So, you want to … Continue reading The Basics, Part I – “Tone”

War – Part I

Today’s post is about war, and how it can help shape a culture’s outlook. (Disclaimer – no offence is intended with this post. Obviously, people have lost their lives during conflicts, and it’s not my intent to trivialise that in any way, shape or form.Also, this world and its history are much too vast to … Continue reading War – Part I